How do you screen record and use zoom in Camtasia without losing quality?

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I am trying to make some software training videos for my company, however, every resolution setting i try still gives me the same issue.

If i record my screen in 1080p, then edit this in Camtasia to include ZOOMING to important parts of the video, it pix-elates, I have tried recording my screen in 1080p and editing in 720p so i can zoom to 100%, which works great...apart from the fact that when i am not ZOOMED in at 100% the video is showing a 1080p recording at 720p which again means scaling is in play and again means there will be pixilation.

Surely Camtasia was designed to overcome this problem otherwise whats the point of the ZOOM option if all it will do is pixilate the final outcome?

Can anyone advise what to do here?

I have tried recording my screen with Camtasia and then editing in Adobe After Effects but the same issue happens on scaling.

I can't see a way round this, but this does raise the question of what's the point to Camtasia?

Any ideas?

Thanks

Michael
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You want to record and edit using the same dimensions. This is critical for retaining clarity. Zooming over 100% will reduce clarity as well.  That's the short answer.

Regards, Joe
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Yes but that makes no sense, if i record at 1080p, then edit the video at 1080p, it allows no room for Zooming...recording and editing at 1080p means im already at 100%, so there's no room for Zooming without loosing clarity?

It makes no sense to have software that zooms if this is the case? 

What the hell do other people do? I can't seem to work this out - surely if Zooming is a feature of Camtasia it should work? Otherwise what's the point?
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I worded that wrong. I should have said  200%. It's pretty clear up through 200% but it's not perfect. It degrades more over 200%See Image Below. Click on it to enlarge it and view it at Full Screen. I zoomed into this page at 200%


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Thanks, I will try it again, however, the other problem with Camtasia and Zooming and Panning is the blur on movement, it doesn't seem to add motion blur to the effect like After Effects does...is this just a setting that needs updating? 
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Camtasia doesn't have motion blurring.
You can improve the look of zooming in and out by using "Animation Easing".
You can change the settings to "Exponential In/Out" and it has the same effect as easy/ease does with Adobe applications.
You can set it under the tools tab under options on the first menu. See Image.


You can also right click on the animation on the timeline and select "Animation Easing/ exponential In/Out.

Plus you can drag the handles of the animation on the timeline to increase the duration of the zoom and that will help smooth the zoom quite a bit.Image Below

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Always record in the highest resolution you can. Edit in the final output resolution, So, I can record in 2048 X 1152 and then edit in 1080P or 720P and zoom in and out freely without losing resolution. A lot of times when I zoom in, I don't ever reach 100% of the original image's size.
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I have a 27" monitor with the display setting set to 1920x1080

I record the screen then this opens in Camtasia, which i then edit in 1080p (the original recording).

When i then zoom in to a part of the video at only 130% scale, it loses quality...I know i might just have to live with that but thought it was odd.

I then upload the video to Vimeo which has even more issues as it resizes the video to 720p causing more scaling issues...

I thought the process might be easier than this, but it appears there's a lot of settings to get right to produce a video screen recording that looks just like it does on my own monitor when recording.
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if Vimeo is re sizing your video to 720p, have you tried to produce to that size, then upload?

I don't use Vimeo, but perhaps their conversion is causing issues?
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These are the settings I recommend for the best results. You can set the quality values higher but you wind up with a huge file with little or no improvement.

  

Unless you are willing to open a paid account through Vimeo maybe you should consider using You-Tube. You can upload Full HD for free. The Down-sampling applied by Vimeo will always look blurred.

Regards, Joe
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Thanks, I have a paid account on Vimeo so shouldn't be an issue, I will test your settings to see what I can do.

Thanks for the advise.

Kind Regards

Mike
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Sounds good, one last tip. When you upload 1920 x 1080 video to Vimeo the Vimeo player is set to 720p by default. Once the video is uploaded and fully processed you can go into video settings and switch it to 1080p. I know it's stupid but that's the way they do it for some reason. I upload videos for a client to Vimeo quite often. Good luck with your projects {: >)
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Hi Michael,

We have one video that tries to explain why zooming (in OR out) will always make the text a little less clear than showing it at exactly 100%. It's nothing that Camtasia can automatically overcome, it just has to be worked around. And from what I've read on this thread, you're doing all the right things. The most important thing is to zoom to 100% whenever reading the text is critical.

Here's the tutorial: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-zooming-misunderstood-screencasting-quality.html

It's probably worth noting that when we make our Camtasia tutorials, we record full screen, but edit at a MUCH smaller size (typically 854 x 480). Then, we follow our own advice and adjust the scale to exactly 100% when the on-screen text is most important. 

The side effects of this practice can be both good and tricky. The tricky part is that our tutorials require more editing (particularly zooming and panning animations) than what others might try. But we've also found that the educational benefit of focusing on one small area of the screen at a time reduces the likelihood of a viewer being distracted by other, unrelated parts of the interface. This is especially true for software tutorials.

Thanks for bringing this up. I see others have offered some of their own best practices. And thanks for using Camtasia.

-Josh
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Thanks Guys, there's a lot of text areas in the software that I am having to do a training video for so I can't use much zooming as when zoomed out to see the whole screen you can see the text very well. I am recording in 1080p and then editing in 720p, i have added the motion blur option as mentioned above and i will mostly shoot at 100% scale and try to work out a way to still make it look appealing and focused.
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Hi all, I was wondering if there was any good examples of software training videos where good use of annotations and mouser, and text is involved to improve the user experience? I have created just the video cuts for the software video i am making (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH0CQHFOI2I) and will be adding titles, transitions and a better use of the mouse icon (maybe change the icon to a larger icon more visable), but wanted some feedback and examples of where to look at how this is already being done well...

I can't find much when searching on google for software training videos, most are for selling you software training  - i want to see something like i have done but better so i can improve and work on my own design to better the experience for the user.

Any help would be great.

Thanks

Mike